Birch Light – Pastel Painting

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Pastel landscape paintings 16 inches x 20 inches    
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From my posts, it must seem like I only paint in oil now. But I’m still in love with pastel as well. I haven’t used them much for plein air painting this year, but I still do use this medium in the studio. I continue to experiment with painting a foamcore board with tinted gesso and then brushing a rough application of clear pastel ground over it. (see this post for specifics.)

I love the ability to incorporate gestural texture into the piece, without actually having to draw it in. Plus, there’s a bit of serendipity involved because I can never be exactly sure where the texture will show up. I think it’s important to shake up my usual technique every once in a while. It brings a new excitement and energy to my work.

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I was ecstatic to learn this week that three of my pastels were juried into the Pastel Society of North Florida‘s National Exhibit. Thank you Juror Lyn Asselta, PSA, IPS MC! The show will run from Oct. 9-Nov. 18 at Northwest Florida State College. If you are in the vicinity, stop by!

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These artworks were created on various sanded papers
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels and Sennelier Pastels

Flight of the Geese – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Oil Painting    9 x 12 inches    See Pricing

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One day at the Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival I stopped by the Anderson Enrichment Center for a quick sketch of the circular fountain with a sculpture by Marshall Fredericks. Its a beautiful peaceful place…

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Hamilton Street Pub – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Cityscape Oil Painting    12 x 9 inches    See Pricing

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The Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival offered 3 Quick Paints this year, instead of the traditional 1. I chose to paint the funky music bar, Hamilton Street Pub, for my entry into the Downtown Saginaw Event.

I usually don’t use black in my paintings, but not because I think it is a “no-no”. I just find that on my small palette, its difficult not to contaminate and dull the other colors with this strong pigment in the mix. I choose to make a dark blackish color by using either a combination of Transparent Red Oxide and Ultramarine, or sometimes Viridian and Alizarin Crimson. On this piece it was especially challenging to capture the dark woodwork without creating a huge black hole in the painting.

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Hellllloooo Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival…

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Plein Air Cityscape Oil Painting    12 x 12 inches    See Pricing

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When the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival ended late in the afternoon, I didn’t have much time to lose. I jumped in my SUV and headed home. I drove about 4 hours, collapsed in a hotel, got up and drove the rest of the 5 hours home. When I got there I quickly did a couple loads of wash, replenished my art supplies and fell into bed. The next morning at 6 am, I was on my way to the Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival in mid-Michigan.

I checked in to the Saginaw Art Museum and got about 20 panels stamped for the week-long event. I wandered around old town Saginaw, a once lovely but now struggling area, looking for something that flipped my switch. It was cloudy without much sunlight so I settled for interesting structure and composition instead of sparkling light and shadow.

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Good Bye Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival…

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Cityscape Oil Painting    12 x 9 inches     SOLD  

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I’ve been off radar for the last week, painting like crazy at the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival. We had a mixed bag of rain and extreme heat but it was wonderful all the same. I’m proud to say that I won the First Place Award for the Quick Draw! Forgot to take a photo of it (AGAIN!) so I will post it if and when it comes back to me.

One of the many benefits of plein air festivals is the possibility of picking up a commission or two. This year at the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, a friend from years ago exhibited some of my artwork in her lovely building on Main Street. F. Olivers in Canandaigua is the first of 4 stores that this inspiring woman has opened to sell her signature olive oils and vinegars. She mentioned that she would love a painting of it. I took a lot of photos and we settled on a view that we both liked.

And for my very special hosts (who I fell madly in love with) I painted a little thank-you piece of their front porch with the light cascading in.

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

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